Chalk up another preseason award nomination to put on John Hubert’s belt – K-State’s senior running back was named this week to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list. The award, in its inaugural year, is unique in its criteria. Named for famed Heisman winner Earl Campbell, it seeks to recognize the player that best embodies the characteristics embodying Campbell – “integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.” It recognizes the top offensive player in Division I with ties to Texas. This can include being born in Texas, graduating from a Texas High School, or playing at a Texas college.
Hubert is a native of Waco, Texas, which leaves him eligible for the award (he’s also been the only running back to do anything on the field when K-State plays Texas…). He’s already received several pieces of preseason recognition, and is a candidate for the Maxwell, Doak Walker, and Walkder Camp Player of the Year Awards. Hubert was also named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team alongside Baylor’s Lance Seastrunk.
Hubert rushed for 947 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012, but those numbers are expected to increase his senior year following the departure of Collin Klein (particularly in the touchdown category). Assuming he does, he can look forward to being name as one of 16 semifinalists on November 18. Four finalists will be announced December 2, with the inaugural winner recognized next January.
The Jug looked at Hubert’s upcoming season earlier summer, and our predictions for his season can be found here. We suggest you check it out, but mostly for selfish purposes